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Hello all,

I am switching over to the PC world from the Mac world and it looks like my best value and learning experience will come if I build my own computer. I'm probably going to use it mainly for programming with some gaming on the side.

I'm looking at my options as far as components. Please advise me if I can save money on some components, or there are some better options for me.

Here is my tentative build:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922

Processor: Intel i5 2500K

Mobo: Gigibyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAP422 22x DVD±RW

PSU:


GPU:
Monitor:
Besides the general build, I also have a few specific questions:

1. Is the extra 20-40 dollars for a modular PSU worth it?
2. Is 600W a good amount of wattage for my usecase?
3. Is there a cheaper display available with similar performance?
4. Is a $100 60gb SSD drive upgrade something worth considering? If so, is 60gb enough for a boot and common applications?
5. Are there any great guides to assembling the parts? (It is my first time)
6. With the recent release of the Z68 chipset, is now a good time to buy a PC?

Thanks so much for your help!
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post #2 of 34
1. Sometimes, depends on the PSU

2. Oh god yes. But how much are you paying for that PSU? I'd get this instead if it's $90.

3. for $200 That's a good one, but there are plenty of good Asus Monitors for about 180-160 that will be fine too. But might as well get the one you posted.

4.SSD is always always worth it. C300 Vertex 2 both aren't the newest, but aren't slouches either. For more money you can get the newer versions of each.

5.This guide might help kinda dated It's not hard feel free to ask OCN if you have questions.

6. It's ALWAYS a good time to buy a new PC! haha. But yeah, I would get this motherboard over the one you linked.



Cause if you aren't gonna use the z68 for encoding or onboard graphics, why get it? It's not any different than p67 and the one I linked has better mosfet cooling if you ever OC your CPU.
post #3 of 34
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Thanks so much for your response!

The monitor I specced out was actually selling for $270. As per your suggestion I looked at ASUS monitors. It looks like the ASUS VH242H is only $170 and would have almost comparable performance (I think) but be 100 dollars cheaper. I'm thinking this will be a good idea for me.

The PSU you suggested looks great as well.

If anyone else has their own 2 cents to contribute, please do!
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post #4 of 34
Did you see the motherboard I linked too?
post #5 of 34
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Originally Posted by The Master Chief View Post
1. Sometimes, depends on the PSU

2. Oh god yes. But how much are you paying for that PSU? I'd get this instead if it's $90.

3. for $200 That's a good one, but there are plenty of good Asus Monitors for about 180-160 that will be fine too. But might as well get the one you posted.

4.SSD is always always worth it. C300 Vertex 2 both aren't the newest, but aren't slouches either. For more money you can get the newer versions of each.

5.This guide might help kinda dated It's not hard feel free to ask OCN if you have questions.

6. It's ALWAYS a good time to buy a new PC! haha. But yeah, I would get this motherboard over the one you linked.



Cause if you aren't gonna use the z68 for encoding or onboard graphics, why get it? It's not any different than p67 and the one I linked has better mosfet cooling if you ever OC your CPU.
I agree with everything he's said here. I'd just like to add that CoolerMaster power supplies aren't *that* great, but I bought mine without doing enough prior research . This great read might help out a bit.
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post #6 of 34
I would go with an i7 2600k if it were me. There's not too much difference in price. Get a SSD for sure!
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post #7 of 34
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Originally Posted by firedude721 View Post
I would go with an i7 2600k if it were me. There's not too much difference in price. Get a SSD for sure!
Why would he go with a 2600K? Doesn't look like he's doing any major video editing or folding with this rig, as he would have stated it.
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Originally Posted by Doodlebro View Post
Why would he go with a 2600K? Doesn't look like he's doing any major video editing or folding with this rig, as he would have stated it.
Because the 2600k is largely faster than the 2500k. He is moving from a mac which has an inherent reputation of just working. For the money right now, there really isn't a better intel chip you can buy. This has been extensively discussed on several websites including this one. I was simply adding my .02 with regard to his upgrade. I never gamed before until I had a PC that could actually play games.

OP: there is nothing wrong with either of these chips. Chose the one that you can afford.
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post #9 of 34
2600k just has hyperthreading which if he doesn't need, it's a waste of $90 he could spend elsewhere and just get the 2500k.
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post #10 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by firedude721 View Post
Because the 2600k is largely faster than the 2500k. He is moving from a mac which has an inherent reputation of just working. For the money right now, there really isn't a better intel chip you can buy. This has been extensively discussed on several websites including this one. I was simply adding my .02 with regard to his upgrade. I never gamed before until I had a PC that could actually play games.

OP: there is nothing wrong with either of these chips. Chose the one that you can afford.
Largely faster? Not really. If he wanted a power house he would want to go with a 970 or something similar. But I'd go for the boost in OC potential over HT.
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